The vibrant capital of Indiana is bursting with attractions, restaurants, sports venues, and group offerings (including 4,700 rooms and 12 hotels all connected by an enclosed skywalk). Here are a few highlights attendees can explore on their next visit.
DAY 1: ART AND CULTURE
There's plenty to enjoy at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, even if you don't set foot indoors. Last month saw the opening of "Spring Blooms: Celebration of Color," a showcase of a quarter-million flowers, from tulips to daffodils, across the museum's 152 acres of gardens and grounds. The museum's beer garden recently debuted the local Sun King craft brew -- which can be enjoyed while strolling the grounds.
This year, Indy is celebrating "The Year of Vonnegut," coinciding with the 10th anniversary of his passing -- and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum + Library will enjoy a grand reopening in a space four times the size of the current museum.
DAY 2: FUN AND SUN
Pay a visit to the Indianapolis Zoo, which includes a wide array of exhibits and experiences in environments ranging from forests to plains to oceans. This summer will see the opening of the 40,000-square-foot Bicentennial Pavilion, which will have a capacity for 1,000 people and serve as the home of the new Magnificent Macaws permanent exhibit.
Stroll down the city's Canal Walk. Part of the Indiana Central Canal, the newly refurbished stretch serves as a pedestrian promenade along the waterfront. The three-mile loop winds through White River State Park and is an ideal afternoon activity for bikers, walkers, or those looking to explore the city's many offerings.
DAY 3: SPEED AND SIPS
Enjoy a day of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Though the Indy 500, taking place on May 28 of this year, is the big event, there are plenty of other opportunities for visitors to spend an afternoon here, taking in the energy (and fumes) of this iconic raceway and its on-site museums.
Toast the end of a successful trip at the Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery -- Indianapolis' first distillery and tasting room, as well as the country's first disabled veteran-owned distillery. This spring, it's wrapping up a major expansion that will allow it to provide space for up to 200 people.
This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.